Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Places in Seattle. Period.

Published On 09/05/2013 Published On 09/05/2013
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Bar Cotto

Capitol Hill
The sweetest of Ethan Stowell's myriad pizza places (all of which probably could've made this list) is serving simple wood-fired pies topped with premium sliced meats, including its own version of a prosciutto & arugula pie, and our favorite sausage-based number with rapini, fior di latte, and tomato.

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Dino's Tomato Pie

Capitol Hill
Opened by the minds behind Delancey (and blessed with a hilariously retro '90s-inspired website), this brand new bar/pizza place doles out traditional round pies, but you're going to want to go for the square-cut pieces of New Jersey-inspired Sicilian-style thick crust, as only so many pieces of which are available each day.

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First Hill
This underrated joint in what used to be the lobby of a (still) gorgeous old-timey hotel is serving a grand selection of classic pies, like the Italian fennel sausage with peppers and mushrooms, or a prosciutto-topped pie, which gets a mess of arugula, cherry tomatoes, and oil piled on it when it comes out of the oven.

Serious Pie

Super-chef Tom Douglas perfected SP's slightly sweet, almost pastry-like crust at his bakery around the corner, and it's so good that almost anything would taste amazing on it. But you'll want to spend your clams on the pie topped with diced, fresh-shucked ones from Penn Cove, one of the Puget Sound's premier bivalve purveyors. Seriously, this pie can't be missed.



Included mostly because the pies are amazing (and partly because we don’t want this place’s passionate fans coming after us), this Ballard pizzeria is home to some pretty fantastic-tasting (and -looking) pizzas. Pro tip: get the bacon & onion pie, and follow it up with some of the D’s bourbon-roasted peaches.

World Pizza

International District
Fifteen years after closing, this grunge-era Belltown mainstay reimagined itself as a salvaged, wood-heavy Chinatown slice house with seats for 20, and tons of touches from the old space, including the vintage signage. It also has a selection of pies that do something almost impossible: make you forget they’re vegetarian. We're not kidding. Just try the veggie pepperoni and see what we mean.

Big Mario's

Big Mario's New York Style Pizza

Capitol Hill
Getting some cheap beer (PBR, 40s of Olde English, etc.) with your slice is a no-brainer at this late-night destination, which sadly isn’t named for what you'd better be when you finally find the Tanooki Suit on World 4, Level 5.


West Seattle
This little Italian joint is well worth a trip to Alki Beach, where personal-sized pizzas (no sharing) are cooked in a 900-degree oven that makes crunchy-but-airy pizza crusts that you can top with everything from house-made fennel sausage & Mama Lil's peppers, to fresh figs, pancetta, caramelized onions, Laura Chenel chevre, and whole milk mozzarella.

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Italian Family Pizza

The hand-tossed NY-style pie at this charmingly kitschy spot near Pike Place Market is made to order from a sparse list of classic toppings (pepperoni, sausage, anchovies, mushroom, etc.). It cooks in about the same time that Roger Bannister was first able to run a mile in 1954... but likely only because the dude never ate pizza.

The Independent Pizzeria

Madison Park
Everything’s good here, but given the Indie’s beachside location, its prosciutto/Grana/fior di latte number, which gets a crisp, summery feel from the mound of rocket it puts on top, is probably the perfect choice.

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Bradley Foster is a former Thrillist editor whose favorite pizza place (Primo) is a little too far away, so he usually just gets Pagliacci.

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1. Bar Cotto 1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

If Ethan Stowell wants to open a salumeria and pizzeria, you'd probably better go, because this Seattle top restauranteur has already pretty much mastered everything else. Bar Cotto is a neighborhood pizzeria in Capitol Hill, doling out simple Neapolitan style pies topped with premium meats. The modern, industrial space is at once cozy and hip.

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2. Dino's Tomato Pie 1524 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Brandon Pettit of Delancey is behind this casual Capitol Hill pizzeria that specializes in New Jersey-style tomato pies. While Delancey focuses on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, Dino's is all about thick-crust square pan pies. There are round thin-crust pizzas too, as well as knockout sides like garlic knots and broccoli rabe. The space is decorated to look like a retro Garden State restaurant with neon pizza signs, a disco ball, and Formica tables.

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3. Primo 1106 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This 60-seater located in the lobby of an elegant 1920s' era boutique hotel in First Hill delivers with its simple, classic hand-tossed pizzas. Rustic Italian staples like stromboli and hand-cut pasta also feature on the menu. Half price happy hour deals on pies and cocktails make Primo a worthy after-work staple.

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4. Serious Pie 316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Serous Pie is one of the fine dining establishments operated by Seattle super chef Tom Douglas, and par for the course, it's nothing short of delicious. Expect crispy, wood-fired pizzas, a generous wine menu, and serious desserts at this petite Downtown eatery. The Penn Cove clam topped pie is not to be missed.

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5. Delancey 1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Phinney Ridge)

It’s no wonder Delancey has some passionate fans—this Ballard pizzeria is home to some of Seattle’s best tasting (and looking) pizzas. The wood-fired pies come with toppings ranging from the traditional, high quality (think Zoe’s pepperoni), to the quirky and seasonal (think Padrón peppers). Pro tip: follow this bacon-y and onion-y pie with some of the D’s bourbon-roasted peaches. It also has the cookie to end all cookies: a soft bittersweet chocolate chip cookie made with gray salt.

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6. World Pizza 672 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Fifteen years after closing their Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination have reinvented it as a vegetarian-only slice-house in Chinatown. Chow down on vegan pepperoni pies inside the vintage-era digs. With seats for 20, and some well-placed nods to the old space, including some of their original vintage signage, this hip destination scores both on the aesthetic and culinary front.

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7. Big Mario's Pizza 1009 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

There aren't many places in Seattle where you can slug an Olde English 40 and bask in the glory of true New York-style pizza, but Big Mario's is one of them. Located in Capitol Hill, this is one of the best spots for quality, thin-crust pie. Hipsters flock to Mario's for its retro style and late-night deals.

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8. Phoenecia 2716 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

From artisanal pizza to tapas to special entrées, this bistro in West Seattle features a mix of everything on its menu -- including breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. While the space may be small, it hosts two wine bars in house for tastings and more casual dining.

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9. Italian Family Pizza 1206 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This pizza shop near Pike Place Market slings NY-style pizza inside a bare bones shop that, rumor has it, used to house the shop where Jimi Hendrix played his first guitar. The limited menu features basic but satisfying fare like pepperoni, sausage, and anchovy pies, crunchy Greek salads, and plenty of pitchers of Bud Light to go around.

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10. The Independent Pizzeria 4235 E Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

This beachside pizza shop in Madison Park open by a former sommelier turned dough slinger serves New York/Neapolitan style mash-ups. Expect creatively topped but not the over the top pies like the Stevedore with salami and Little Mama's hot peppers or the Twin Peaks with fontina and cremini mushrooms. The tiny, eclectically-furnished space is cozy and quirky.